— By GREG WEBB
Four area softball teams entered the second-season fray last week, with three of those advancing to their respective Area rounds.
Aledo’s Ladycats has the easiest skate in the opening playoff round, taking care of Crowley in a run-rule shortened contest. The Brock Lady Eagles took a few innings to wake up their bats, but cruised to a win after a handful of runs in the third, eliminating Whitney.
The Weatherford girls should be sufficiently battle tested after a pair of 1-run wins over Keller Timber Creek, as they prepare for another best-of-three series. The Lady Roos head west and will take on Lubbock Coronado’s Lady Mustangs, who blanked El Dorado in both of their contests last week.
Both teams are No. 2 seeds from their respective districts. The series will be played out at Angelo State University, in San Angelo.
A single playoff game will decide the Area qualifier on Thursday as Weatherford Kangaroos baseball takes the field at Quik Trip Park against Keller Fossil Ridge. The one-gamer features the three seed Roos against the runner-ups from District 4-5A.
Aledo (Class 4A, Region I) and Springtown (Class 3A, Region I) both play best-of-three series, against Crowley and Graham respectively, which will extend into the weekend.
In Class 2A, top-ranked Brock draws home field advantage in a single-game series, hosting Godley on Thursday.
Peaster, the third seed from District 9-2A, faces second seeded Maypearl from District 10. The potential 3-game set will be played in its entirety at Brewer High School.
Softball - Area Round
Class 5A — Region I
Weatherford vs. Lubbock Coronado
Playoff type: Best of three series
Site: Mayer Field - Angelo State University
Game 1: Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Game 3 (if needed): 30 minutes after Game 2